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Loving Our Lands: What Did Summer Do To Our Lands?

Sep 11, 2018
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Zion National Park is now the third most visited National Park in the United States, bringing in 4.5 million visitors a year – an increase of 60 percent of visitation over the past three years.

Event Celebrates History Of Women's Suffrage In Utah

Sep 11, 2018
Girls selling art; Dalloway Smith and Gwyneth Park sell artwork at the Better Days 2020 event.
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Looking to the past is one Utah organization’s way of trying to direct the future for women in the state. Better Days 2020 is a group based on celebrating the role Utah women played during the suffrage movement.

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A Utah conservation group is calling for more environmental protections in a federal land management bill for Emery County. The group says the proposed bill is a step backward.

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Senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee question Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during contentious confirmation hearings. The race for Utah's Fourth Congressional District takes a negative turn, with Rep. Mia Love and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams' recently launched campaign ads. And commercials attacking a medical marijuana ballot initiative are pulled from local airwaves following complaints that they were misleading. 

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Logan city is opening its own animal shelter since the city’s partnership with the Cache Valley Humane Society ended. City officials are considering offering pet chipping services to residents in an effort to increase animal return rates.

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Federally qualified health centers across the state provide low or no cost health services to Utahns experiencing homelessness. 13 of these clinics combined received nearly $1 million in grants this week. The money was awarded for the quality of service the centers offer.

Sexual assaults on the rise in Utah
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Statistics show violent and property crime are down in Utah, but the number of sexual assaults increased again last year.

Figures from the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification released Wednesday show crime dropped overall by more than 5 percent from the prior year.

Isaiah and Jacob Kingston
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Two Salt Lake City biodiesel executives linked to a polygamous group will stay in jail on federal charges in an alleged $500 million tax credit scheme.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Brooke Wells denied an effort Wednesday to immediately release defendant Isaiah Kingston. His lawyer Scott Williams says allegations that he would flee to Turkey if released ahead of trial are false and misleading.

Aggie Chocolate Factory Coming To Logan

Aug 23, 2018
Man making chocolate; The new Aggie Chocolate factory will let visitors see the bean to bar process of chocolate making.
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Logan has long been famous for Aggie Ice Cream. Visitors to the northern Utah town will soon be able to try a new local treat-- Aggie Chocolate. 

University of Utah
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A University of Utah graduate assistant was reassigned from teaching a class after she said bringing a concealed carry gun to class "is absurd, antisocial, and frightening behavior," and that any of her students — even if permitted — who do would be forced to stand in a "3x3 taped square."

University spokesman Chris Nelson says the "weapons policy" was removed from the online curriculum Tuesday and students were "alerted to the error."

Utah voters will decide if lawmakers should increase the state gas tax to fund education
Our Schools Now

In November Utah voters will be given an opportunity to ask lawmakers to consider increasing the state gasoline tax. A group supporting Question 1, an opinion question, is releasing a statewide campaign to convince voters that it is a good idea to pay more at the pump as an indirect way of paying to improve Utah schools.

Police in a Salt Lake City suburb say a man kicked open the door of his estranged wife's apartment and beat her and their 13-year-old daughter with a crowbar, killing the woman and critically injuring the girl.

A Unified Police Department spokeswoman says 54-year-old Walter Brantzeg was arrested Wednesday after he called at least one local television station to talk about the attack while driving away from the apartment in Millcreek.

A portrait photo of Dean Craig Jessop: The founding dean of Utah State's Caine College of the Arts has announced his resignation.
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After serving for nearly 11 years, Craig Jessop, the first dean of the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University, announced his resignation. Jessop said he’s grateful for the experience he’s had at USU.

Utah will use the grant money completely replace the voter registration database.
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The state of Utah will use $4.1 million in federal grant money to help buy new voting equipment, replace the state's voter registration database and to train county and state officials on new voter security measures.

A report released Tuesday shows states around the country are moving quickly to tap their shares of the $380 million program to strengthen voting systems.

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Since the Great Recession in 2008, Utah’s overall employment base has increased by almost 19 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, this growth hasn’t spread evenly throughout the state. Many of Utah’s economically rural counties have not experienced any employment expansion.

Williams was charged for kidnapping, assault and drug paraphernalia.
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A man is facing kidnapping and other charges after allegedly dragging a woman 30 feet with his car in Salt Lake City.

Authorities say 39-year-old Keith Davontya Williams was charged Friday in 3rd District Court with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault resulting in serious bodily injury, failure to stop or respond at command of police and use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Fire on Wild About Utah

Aug 17, 2018

The haze above Cache Valley begins to dissipate after weeks of hovering low and thick like a winter inversion, even as the Goring and Hansel Point Fires rage on just west of the Wellsville Mountains that bookend the valley. Both blazes, just two of the more than ten active fires in the state, are still less than 50% contained. Farmers and ranchers in Box Elder County are now doubling as volunteer fire crews.

The Salt Lake City LDS temple.
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The president of the Mormon church wants people to stop using "Mormon" or "LDS" as substitutes for the full name of the religion: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Russell M. Nelson said Thursday that the "Lord has impressed upon my mind the importance of the name he has revealed for his church." The faith's presidents are considered prophets who lead the church through revelations from God.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert introduces new drivers liscense.
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Utah residents without a star on their state-issued driver's licenses may soon be turned away by airport security.

The Department of Homeland Security requires Utah drivers' licenses to have a little gold star on the top right corner.

Orrin Hatch and Mitt Romney
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Orrin Hatch is stepping down, but he's not planning on fading away.

The long-serving Republican senator spoke Monday at an event kicking off a $40 million fundraising campaign to build the Hatch Center library and think tank.

Yellow vehicle on Salt Flats: This year marks the 70th anniversary of Speed Week.
Bureau of Land Management

 

The 70th annual Speed Week is this week at the Bonneville Salt Flats in northwestern Utah and one driver has already been injured at the event.

Man supposedly crashed plane into house following domestic dispute.
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  Authorities say a man killed after crashing a small plane into a Utah house appears to have intentionally flown into his own home just hours after being arrested on suspicion of assaulting his wife.

Police in the city of Payson, south of Salt Lake City, say Duane Youd's wife was in the home when the plane hit early Monday but survived.

Cedar City authorities are currently investigating after finding a man's body following a house fire.
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Authorities in Cedar City are investigating after a man's body was found in the ashes of a house fire.

The house caught fire Sunday afternoon, and when crews arrived it was fully engulfed in flame. Some neighbors were told to leave their homes due to the fire danger.

Crews cut off power and gas to the home when they couldn't get a response from the residents.

The man's body was found several hours later, after most of the fire was out and crews were searching the scene for possible hot spots. An autopsy will determine his cause of death.

U.S Rep. Rob Bishop is scheduled to hold a series of town hall meetings this week. The meetings will be held Tuesday in Vernal, Wednesday in North Logan and Thursday in both Morgan and South Weber.

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A judge rules that San Juan County Commission candidate Willy Grayeyes be put back on the ballot after an elections official backdated a complaint against him. U.S.

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